Valedictorian Bucks Graduation Prayer Ban

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A South Carolina valedictorian disregarded a new ruling that prayer would be cut from his school district's graduation ceremonies.

According to a report by Christian News, Roy Costner IV ripped up his pre-approved speech and instead spoke about his Christian upbringing.

He then delivered the Lord's Prayer to a crowd cheering in support.    

"And I think most of you will understand when I say, 'Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, amen.'"

The Pickens County School District says no disciplinary action will be taken against the valedictorian.

A spokesman says they won't punish a student for expressing his religious faith.

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